Knee jerk reaction: if you like The Walking Dead, you'll love this. That said, if you couldn't care less about The Walking Dead, you'll still like this. It's a visually appealing crowd pleaser that's available on both iOS and Android.
At a measly $2.99, it'd be hard to go wrong with this. That said, films/tv shows being remade as games have a long history of being a bit rubbish presumably because the powers have caught on to the fact that people will buy them whether they're good or not because of brand recognition.
Thankfully, this is not the case with this game. The Walking Dead: Assault opens on the protagonist, Rick in a hospital room. Your challenge? To battle your way out, fight your way through the zombies beyond the room and find other survivors to team up with. These early stages are based on comic book issues and there'll be all sorts of settings and events that'll look nice and familiar to the fans of the comic books amongst you. Soon enough, you'll run into some of the characters from the series and incorporate them into your team.
Let's talk technical stuff. It's a top down strategy game that's easy to navigate. Double tap to move a character to the location you want and long press to move the entire group. This is useful because you've got a customizable team of four characters from the comic/show. Each character has their own specific set of weapons and a special move and team bonus. Your team will automatically attack walkers as soon as they get close to them, but worry not, sunshine – you'll be kept busy selecting weapons, moving around and creating attack and defense formations.
You can zoom in and there's also camera rotation. When you pass onto a new level, you unlock a new character, starting with Shane and followed by others (not sure if this counts as a spoiler, so I’m going to play safe and keep schtum). One disappointing thing I can tell you, however, is that Daryl is nowhere to be found so far. Fingers crossed he makes an appearance in Episode 2.
What I found very appealing about the game is that you've got to keep your eye on different things: firstly, slaying every walker in each level and making sure you stock up on supplies. However, every level has different secondary goals, like saving survivors or collecting all the supplies etc. This stops the game from feeling too simplistic.
The visuals are distinctive but rather lovely. The game is published by Skybound, which is the same company responsible for publishing the comics, and some of that comic book sensibility has definitely filtered through to the way the game looks.
Have you played this yet? If so, let us know what you thought below.